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2012 Maine Entrepreneurs Conference

Maine Entrepreneurs

Monday, October 8, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

2012 Maine Entrepreneurs Conference

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2012 Maine Entrepreneurs Conference

Come join your fellow Maine Entrepreneurs for an information packed conference on Monday, October 8, 2012, from 9am - 5pm at the Holiday Inn by the Bay at 88 Spring Street in Portland Maine.

The day starts with continental breakfast and networking followed by the keynote presentation given by Geoffrey and Michael Howe of Howe and Howe Technologies (see sidebar for more information). After the keynote, the morning continues with two talks discussing how to get your business off the ground and then how to grow the business to different sizes, going from 1-5 people, 5-10 people, and beyond 10 people.

After lunch the conference is broken out into two different topics. The first set of talks are about acquiring customers, from that 1st customer and beyond. The second set of talks are all about different types of capital (equity and debt) and how to choose between them, how to manage them, and how to get them. All of the speakers will be entrepreneurs talking about what they did with regards to acquiring customers, growing their customer base, and obtaining and using capital for their businesses.

Below is a more detailed schedule for the day. Also keep checking back for additional news and postings including speaker bios and presentation abstracts.

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 9:00 -  9:30 Networking and Light Breakfast
 9:30 - 10:15 Keynote Presentation 
Presented By Geoffrey and Michael Howe of Howe and Howe Technologies 10:15 - 10:30 Break 10:30 - 11:15 Getting Started and Growing the Business to 2 - 5 People
Presented By John Moore 11:15 - 11:30 Break 11:30 - 12:15 Growing from 5 - 10 People and then Beyond 10 People
Presented By Michelle Neujahr 12:15 - 1:00 Lunch 1:00 - 1:45 Identifying and Connecting with Customers
Presented By Carole Mahoney and Rick Roberge 1:45 - 2:00 Break 2:00 - 2:45 Getting Customer Feedback to Improve Products/Services
Presented By Kerem Durdag 2:45 - 3:00 Break with Afternoon Snacks 3:00 - 3:45 Raising Capital
Presented By Mark Henry 3:45 - 4:30 The Value of Franchising
Presented By Dante Vespignani 4:30 - 5:00 Conference Wrap Up
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When & Where

Holiday Inn By The Bay
88 Spring St
Portland, ME 04101

Monday, October 8, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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2012-08-21 18:55:13

Dante Vespignani

Turma, Inc./ dba The Entrepreneurs Source

Dante entered business in 1973 with a small Arby's franchisee building that business to 21 stores with 2 full service restaurants. Switching from franchise to corporate operations, Dante held various senior management positions before leaving in 1993 as Director Operations North East United States having the responsibility of over 800 restaurants with 227 franchise groups.

In 1997 Dante started his own consulting practice bridging the gap for franchise / potential franchise operators who lacked the expertise in exploring the franchise systems. Dante's business / franchise acumen and experience gives him the unique perspective of the models necessary to succeed in this new career economy.

2012-08-21 18:59:25

Mark Henry

A tireless entrepreneur, Mr. Henry constantly strives to identify new ventures, develop potential opportunities, and create long term liquidity and value for his business partners. He is an energetic problem solver with over fifteen years of business development experience within fast moving entrepreneurial environments ranging from bootstrapping start-ups to re-engineering struggling ventures.

Mark’s ten-year service with the US Navy, coupled with his extensive experience starting, and growing new business ventures helps him identify potential service shortcomings and develop affordable, scalable solutions that generate measurable returns. Mr. Henry continually focuses on market position and is highly skilled at monitoring the competition’s capabilities and pricing to position his products and services to be the solution that drives profitable performance.

Mark can be reached at 207-951-2428 or

2012-08-21 19:13:17

Kerem Durdag

Born and raised in Pakistan of Turkish parents, fortunate enough to be educated in a British school and then completing undergraduate and graduate studies in the US, Mr. Durdag is a member of his peer group of technology executives. He is currently CEO of Biovation ( and was previously the Director of Sales and Marketing of SenGenuity, a division of Vectron International responsible for global sales, marketing and product management initiatives. Prior to joining SenGenuity, he was the CEO of BiODE, and eventually led the company to an acquisition event by Dover Corporation (NYSE:DOV). He was the past Chief Technical Officer for STEAG HamaTech, Inc., and Engineering Manager at Conceptronic; both public companies and world leaders in high-tech capital equipment design and manufacture in the semiconductor and electronics markets. He has designed high tech and proprietary technologies for rapid commercialization and is a holder of several patents. He has presented and been published in numerous conferences, trade magazines and peer reviewed journals.

Mr. Durdag is on the Board of Directors for the Maine Center for Entreprenurial Development (, RateElert (, The Science Source ( and Common Good Ventures ( He also serves on the Board of Advisors for AEC ( and actively mentors several young start-up companies in Maine as a member of TopGun ( Currently Mr. Durdag is the Vice Chair of the Advisory Council for University of Southern Maine ASET ( He has also served on the boards of several non-profit (notably International Child Enrichment Program ( and is also the founder of an event targeted to encourage entrepreneurship for high school and college students in Maine (

2012-08-21 19:15:39

Rick Roberge

Rick is a salesman and his bio could actually stop there, but over the years he's been able to use his sales abilities to grow his company, as well as his employers' companies. In 2006, he left the world of selling for himself and entered the world of helping others to sell for themselves. Always entrepreneurial, it was only natural that he gravitate to helping entrepreneurs, start-ups and small business owners get their first sale or reach the next level. As a sales consultant and coach, it wasn't unusual to see him working side by side with his clients making calls, at a trade show or handling a 'situation'. Rick claims that he's retired, but all that means is that he no longer works with hundreds of clients a year, but focuses his efforts on a few truly entrepreneurial business owners that want to grow sales exponentially by using social media and the 21st century sales process to attract new customers and convert them into evangelists.

Rick is the founder of and can be found at @RainMakerMaker and

2012-08-21 19:16:12

Carole Mahoney

Carole is a lifelong small-town Maine resident with her husband and 2 sons. She comes from a long line of generational entrepreneurs. Her grandmother started the first female run real estate brokerage in 1970's Massachusetts, her grandfather owned a local firearms shop, her mother ran a painting company. She was raised to believe that the customer experience is the only thing that matters at the end of the day for any business to be successful.

She founded Mahoney Internet Marketing in 2007 to coach entrepreneurs who are overwhelmed by the rapid changes of the internet to identify and connect with new prospects and their ideal customers. Since then, she has focused aligning sales and marketing together using both online and offline methods to improve customer experience and service that create brand evangelists and increase sales.


2012-08-21 19:17:35

Michelle Neujahr

Business Renovation Coach│ Motivational Speaker

As the owner of The Business Renovation Company, Michelle Neujahr, provides transformational, strategic business coaching services to entrepreneurs who are serious about generating more revenue and establishing a system for future growth. Michelle also provides dynamic, authentic presentations to small business owners who want to create lasting change, increase revenue and get more out of their business. As an entrepreneur Michelle owned a seven-figure, Minnesota-based renovation firm for seven years, spent time in the corporate world as Director of Sales & Marketing and has consulted on many grass-roots marketing campaigns. Michelle is an author, social media junkie and an avid networker. She has grown three businesses by creating clear marketing strategies, taking risks, hiring the right people and using low-cost, no-cost marketing initiatives. In 2007 she won the Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year at SMCC where she serves as the Director of the Entrepreneurship Center.

2012-08-29 18:19:54

John Moore

Director of Windsor Rothschild, Inc.

John Moore is the co-author of the upcoming book, No Shoestring Startup. He is a director of Windsor Rothschild, Inc. and has been an entrepreneur his entire life. He had his first small business before he was 10. Since then, he has gone on to help found a successful technical consultancy, a publishing company, and a marketing firm. Today he works as a consultant to a large financial company, and provides Internet marketing services for a range of businesses across the country.

John combines an MBA with a marketing concentration with expert technical knowledge. He uses his Internet marketing superpowers to help businesses find and serve customers, open up multiple revenue streams, and to reduce costs. John is passionate about the open innovation movement and is working with several intellectual property based projects and a creative ad agency in the startup phase.

2012-09-10 19:10:46

Geoffrey and Michael Howe

Howe and Howe Technologies

Best known for their highly acclaimed "outside the box" thinking, Michael and Geoffrey Howe of Howe and Howe Technologies are inventors, military contractors, and entrepreneurial businessmen famous for their philanthropic drive to give back and their innovative approach to success. The brothers first gained notoriety in 2001 with the development of the Ripsaw, an unmanned ground vehicle designed for the US military and the world’s fastest tank.

From Discovery Channel's hit series Black Ops Brothers: Howe and Howe Tech, to The Military Channel's Backyard to Battlefield, Fox News, custom extreme vehicles for major Hollywood movie productions, and life saving inventions featured as Popular Science Magazine's Best Invention of the Year, to gracing the pages of The Guinness Book of World Records several times, Mike and Geoff have established themselves as world famous cutting edge inventors.

Come hear how Mike and Geoff Howe have built and grown a world renowned, successful business right here in Maine.


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